You spent a lot of time in Dubai. Many crew, from various airlines around the world, told me of captains and first officers who made it very clear that they do not like gay crew. Others shocked me with tales of both physical and verbal attacks. After a few months I moved in with two girls. The character bore the brunt of jokes from his more masculine engineer and pilot colleagues. The homophobic rant about his cabin crew colleagues was accidentally broadcast over an air traffic control channel and was heard by various other aircraft. On the biggest airplane there had to be at least 20 cabin crew and they would all be from many countries which made it very cosmopolitan.
Fearing a backlash, and as so many gay people were known to work for the company, American went on to educate its employees and become the first US airline to commit to nondiscrimination of its staff and passengers.
Gay cabin crew secrets from the Middle East
We begin with the early days of flying. There were lots of gay only parties in the airline accommodation. Their actions were futile, as the lists were thankfully never acted upon. As aircraft got bigger, airlines wanted to introduce Pursers into the cabin. Notify me of new comments via email.
The job in this glamorous era was seen to be very masculine, further echoed by the military-styled uniforms worn by crew. All the prices on our website do not include flights, but we can, of course, arrange them for you and include them in your quote. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Although it was a sackable offence to fraternise with fellow crew members on board, it definitely happened. Stories emerged from night stops, including one incident where the gay crew were excluded from invites to dinner and a room party.